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Shortly before Jack Reacher, the hero of The Hardway, kicks down a door, the author Mr Lee Childs describes the detective's footwear. They "were bench-made by a company called Cheaney... The style Reacher had chosen was called Tenterden... made of heavy pebbled leather. Size twelve. The soles were heavy composite items brought in from a company called Dainite. Reacher hated leather soles. They wore out too fast and stayed wet too long after rain. Dainites were better."

A version of the Tenterden appears in this exclusive country-inspired collection of shoes that MR PORTER's own shoe guru Mr Sam Lobban has designed in collaboration with Cheaney, one of the oldest and finest shoemakers in England. "We wanted footwear that would work equally well in the city during the weekend as in the country at the weekend," explains Mr Lobban.

Located in Northamptonshire, arguably the global centre of Goodyear-welted shoemaking, Cheaney is now owned by Messrs Jonathan and William Church who, as their recogniseable surname betrays, are fifth-generation shoemakers. (The cousins bought Cheaney in 2009 from Prada, who had taken over their family company Church & Co in the 1990s.)

"Each shoe factory has its own distinct handwriting," says Mr Jonathan Church. "And you get some experts - often the true aficionados from Japan - who can tell just by looking at the construction where the shoe was made."

Cheaney is now owned by Messrs Jonathan and William Church who, as their recogniseable surname betrays, are fifth-generation shoemakers

Cheaney's shoemaking process hasn't changed much over the past 200 years. It still constructs every shoe in the same factory it's been in since 1896. Each shoe takes six to eight weeks to make. They are not being worked on continuously - for much of it, the shoe is sitting on the last (the wooden or metal form on which a shoe or boot is fashioned) in order to take the requisite shape. In other factories, shoes may only be on their lasts for a matter of minutes rather than weeks.

Each shoe goes through up to 160 different hand operations, depending on the style. There are 140 people working in Cheaney's factory, of which 120 are shoemakers.

This is often a job for life. The factory has employed generations of people from the same local families - sons and daughters who, like the Church cousins themselves, have followed in their parents' and grandparents' footsteps.

Whether you want a pair for work, for a country ramble, or for kicking down doors, click on the gallery, above, as Mr Church and our very own Mr Lobban, walk you through the results of their collaboration.

Words by Mr Dan Rookwood, US Editor, MR PORTER